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Re: Letchworth Village in Thiells, New York

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 7:28 pm
by Matt Quinn
Love the b&w. Do you convert in PS? Do you use Silver Effex?

Matt

Re: Letchworth Village in Thiells, New York

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 8:36 pm
by Duck
Matt Quinn wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 7:28 pm
Love the b&w. Do you convert in PS? Do you use Silver Effex?

Matt
I just reinstalled the NIK collection so these were done in SEP2. To be honest though, I don't see anything in SEP2 that I can't do in Lightroom and Photoshop so I really don't see the hy[e over Silver Effects Pro. Unless, of course, I'm missing something.

Re: Letchworth Village in Thiells, New York

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 1:09 am
by Charles Haacker
I was born in NYC (Manhattan, Jewish Memorial Hospital, upper Broadway). When I was 8 we moved to Palisades, on the "Jersey side" of the Hudson, less than 20 miles SSE of this horror that I never knew existed. That's probably just as well. I did a little research and discovered that, for example, the polio vaccine I received when I was about 10 had first been tested on human children in this facility. What the article didn't say is that after being vaccinated I must assume the helpless unresisting kids were then exposed to live virus to make sure the vaccine worked. (SMH)

I like the extreme Dutch tilt on the first shot. It speaks to the dark soul of the place.

Re: Letchworth Village in Thiells, New York

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 2:12 am
by Duck
Thanks, Charles. I appreciate you coming by to look.
I agree, the back story to this place is horrific. It's a shame these residents (kids mostly from what I garther) had to be subjected to this form of experimentation.
It amazes me how we can make such great strides in mechanical and technical development yet lag so far behind in human development.

Re: Letchworth Village in Thiells, New York

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 3:16 am
by minniev
Duck wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 7:22 am
PietFrancke wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 2:02 am
Good. If I had to guess, you spent a lot of time there. :lol: :lol:
Yes, I spent a good part of the day. We left about 4pm leaving me an hour's rest before attending a networking event that evening. Quite the busy day for me.

Here are some more images.


Unitas_Photography-Lenchworth-11.jpg
Unitas_Photography-Lenchworth-12.jpg
Unitas_Photography-Lenchworth-13.jpg
These are creepily wonderful images. More stills from horror movies. The first one is very intriguing, with that reverse vignette, the dead trees and the sepia toning. This place has endless possibilities. I would get obsessed with it. I was obsessed with an old college about an hour away, till they tore down the ruins. Decadent buildings are my favorite man-made thing to photograph.

Re: Letchworth Village in Thiells, New York

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:41 pm
by St3v3M
Duck wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 6:08 pm
Letchworth Village is currently an abandoned mental health facility in the Palisades region of New York, just a few minutes south of Cold Spring. As with so many sanitariums, this one went through it's various horror stories of abuse, experimentation, disregard for human decency and the social abandonment of the misfortunate people who were regarded as unwanted and disposable. Surprisingly enough, this facility lasted well into the 1990s, finally shutting its doors in 1996. You can read about its history on Wikipedia. It is now a publicly accessible walking park through and around the various still standing buildings. You just can't enter them or climb over any barriers. Police do take notice and will arrest anyone without a second thought.

I had the good fortune of visiting the location this past weekend with a Meetup group run by a good friend of mine, Sue. Here are some outtakes from the day's foray onto these hallowed grounds, including a nearby cemetery where residents were interred without so much as a name plate for fear of 'shaming' their families. Sad.
The first is perfectly composed making it as spooky as ever, but I really love the second and that black and white.

I hope you will share more of these with us! S-